About me

I offer short, medium and long term work depending on what seems most advisable. I meet with clients individually or in groups, principally in person but at the current time on the phone, skype or zoom. We would have an introductory meeting to see how we get on and to discuss what therapy might best suit you.

I go along with the usual distinction between counselling and therapy: that counselling focusses on a particular problem or stage in life, and that therapy is about ongoing patterns of behaving and relating to others.

My training is psychoanalytic and psychodynamic. That is to say, we (you and I) include the unconscious as well as conscious aspects of feelings and behaviour. I am also experienced in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and familiar with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which focusses, as it says on the label, on your cognition, your thoughts, triggers and coping strategies. In addition, I find an existential approach applies to many difficulties, including those associated with ageing and coming to terms with the challenges of life.

My training was as a Group-analytic psychotherapist. This offers a broad perspective to working with individuals: we are all members of one group or another.  Both individual and group therapy are suited to many emotional and psychological difficulties whether ongoing or acute. Group-analytic psychotherapy is particularly suited to people who would like to understand and improve the way they relate to others, whether at work, home or socially.

In practice and after a thorough assessment following the introductory meeting, I would use whichever mixture of approaches would appear to be helpful to you. A substantial part of therapy is a good collaborative conversation.

Training, qualifications & experience

My first degree was a BA in Psychology and Social Anthropology. I have further qualifications in secondary and further education, advocacy and counselling.

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Group-analytic Psychotherapy (Westminster Pastoral Foundation), am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the Group Analytic Society International (GASI).

I am a Fellow of the Foundation for Psychotherapy & Counselling (FPC) and am on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Psychotherapy. The earlier part of my professional career was as a teacher, trainer, advocate and counsellor, working with adults and young people.

In addition to my practice at Number 42 and in north London, I

  • Worked for many years in the psychotherapy department of NHS teaching hospitals where I experienced the widest range of diagnoses ranging from anxiety and depression to borderline personality, schizophrenic and bipolar disorders,
  • Facilitated for many years a self-management training programme for those with bipolar disorder,
  • Tutor and conduct groups on a psychotherapy and counselling training.
  • Co-led a Balint group group for GPs,
  • Co-facilitate a group for educators,
  • Facilitate reflective practice groups for staff teams in mental health and academic settings.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Depression associated with ageing.
Depression associated with illness.
Work relationships and stress.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

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Fees are negotiable. A rule of thumb is 1/1000th of your income + £30 admin costs. I have some availability for reduced fee work if you are on benefits or low income.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Please contact me for availability

Further information


  • North London: 3 mins walk from bus stop/15 mins walk from Golders Green Tube station (Northern Line). No parking restrictions. Access is not suitable for wheelchairs; my consulting room is on the ground floor.
  • London Bridge : no parking but 2 mins walk from London Bridge Station with all its rail and Tube connections....and from the famous Borough Market. Access is not suitable for wheelchairs; my consulting room is on the 2nd floor. There is no lift.

The Complete Psychotherapy, Counselling & Well-being Practice
42 Borough High Street


Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Joan Fogel

Joan Fogel